CATARACT SURGERY: KNOW YOUR OPTIONS.
The Problem of Cataracts.
More than 20 million Americans aged 40 and older are affected by cataracts, the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Cataracts are readily managed by surgery. And with today’s innovative technology, cataract surgery can not only restore vision, but actually improve patients’ quality of life.
Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates is one of the region’s most innovative and experienced eye physician and surgeon groups, delivering advanced, customized medical treatments with state-of-the-art ocular diagnostics and femtosecond laser technology (Cataract Laser) designed to optimize vision. Reflecting its commitment to evolve to best serve patients’ needs and expectations for longer, more productive lives, it is the first eyecare practice in western Pennsylvania to deliver cataract laser technology with the Catalys® Laser. Combining this technology with 10 years of cataract Multi‑Focal Lens Implant technology experience, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates can offer cataract surgery as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for patients to achieve better vision, removing cataracts and correcting refractive error all in one precise procedure—thus leaving patients with a fine‑tuned full range of vision.
Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery.
Traditional cataract surgery, which is covered by Medicare and other insurances, involved the implantation of a single-vision lens, which provided good distance vision but most often resulted in patients wearing glasses for reading and close-up tasks. It also left patients with astigmatism, since the surgery didn’t correct it. With laser cataract surgery, many key steps of the procedure that were manually performed can be completed with precision using the laser (including simultaneous correction of astigmatism, if needed), leading to a customized vision treatment and a more gentle procedure. Surgeons with access to and experience in these combined technologies can offer patients a full range of vision, reducing the dependency on or even eliminating the need for eye glasses after surgery.
Selecting a Surgeon.
Cataract surgery just became a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When selecting a surgeon to perform cataract surgery, patients should ask these important questions: Can my surgeon explain to me all of my options? Can my surgeon provide me access to the latest FDA-approved technology? Is my surgeon experienced with both traditional and innovative cataract surgical techniques and eyecare? For patients of Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates, the answer to these questions is a resounding yes. The physicians and staff walk patients through all of their options based on their individual needs and desires, offering them a customized procedure to meet their individual lifestyle. The practice offers the latest FDA‑approved cataract laser and Multi‑Focal Lens Implant technology. And the doctors are among the most experienced in the western Pennsylvania region: Dr. William Christie has personally performed over 28,000 cataract procedures, and Dr. Daniel Zimmer over 30,000 LASIK procedures. In addition, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates is one of the top clinical research sites in the world for new ophthalmic pharmaceuticals and devices. Patients have the opportunity to be compensated for their study participation and save on costly medications while benefiting from important and innovative research for eye health and wellness. Regardless of whether they choose to participate in research, patients have access to advanced treatment plans based on new and improved pharmaceuticals and devices.
Convenience and Respect.
With offices in Fox Chapel Plaza and Cranberry, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates provides ample free parking and accessibility along main highways and bus routes. Comfortable offices and experienced, friendly staff help make your visit a pleasurable experience where your individual needs are respected and met. Contact us today to make an appointment for a cataract evaluation!